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State Senator Michael Testa, Jr.
State Sen. Michael Testa (R-Vineland). (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Testa expected to join Senate in December

Simonsen, McClellan take office on January 14

By David Wildstein, November 13 2019 12:49 pm

State Sen.-elect Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland) is expected to be sworn in next month, as soon as the results of the November 5 general election are certified.

Testa defeated incumbent Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) for the remainder of the four-year term Jeff Van Drew won in 2017.  He currently leads by 3,541 votes, although some provisional and vote-by-mail ballots in Atlantic County have not yet been counted.

Van Drew resigned in January to take his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Andrzejczak left his Assembly seat to move up to the Senate.  He remains in the Senate up to the point where Testa is sworn in.

The next Senate quorum call is scheduled for December 4.

Once Testa is sworn in, Democrats will hold a 25-15 majority in the Senate.  Democrats had picked up a seat earlier this year when Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) switched parties.

Assemblymen-elect Erik Simonsen (R-Lower) and Antwan McClellan (R-Ocean City) will take office in January 14, when the Legislature reorganizes for the 2020-21 session.

They defeated incumbents Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Matthew Milam (D-Vineland).

Once Testa, Simonsen and McClellan take their seats, it will be the first time the 1st district is represented exclusively by Republicans since Van Drew upset incumbent Jack Gibson in 2001.

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